WKTZ Jacksonville Ends Beautiful Music Programming
Update 11/6: As EMF prepares to close on its purchase of Beautiful Music 90.9 WKTZ-FM and Adult Standards 1220 WJAX Jacksonville from Jones College, both stations signed-off their programming earlier today. The Beautiful Music format will remain online at http://jcr.jones.edu/
Station GM Kenneth Jones wrote the following message regarding the end of the programming:
Today the Beautiful Music Format of WKTZ 90.9 FM must leave the air waves of Jacksonville. The broadcast of Americas Favorite Music format on WJAX 1220 AM has also ended it’s Radio Broadcast in Jacksonville. I would like to thank the good people of Jacksonville, and our sponsors, for the many years of great music and support we have shared with each other. We have enjoyed our time together.
Jones College Radio will continue on the internet. Stay tuned to www.jones.edu the link for Jones College Radio is in the middle of the page with a small microphone icon. I will update our web site with a new address http://JCR.jones.edu/ later today. You will be able to connect and enjoy the same beautiful music format you know and love. I will attempt to retain our presentation of news from the Associated Press at the top of each hour.
We hope you will join the many tens of thousands who already connect daily to our broadcast on the internet.
Original Report 8/12: Educational Media Foundation is acquiring Jones College’s pair of stations in Jacksonville, FL.
Beautiful Music 90.9 WKTZ-FM and Adult Standards 1220 WJAX will be transferred to the Christian operator for $3,375,000. Despite not owning any other stations, Jones College will retain the rights to the WJAX call letters and the Intellectual Property of both stations.
EMF’s “K-Love” Christian AC programming is currently heard in the Jacksonville market on Delmarva Educational Association’s 88.1 WCRJ. “Air-1” is heard on a pair of translators: 89.5 W208AV San Jose and 101.9 W270CD Jacksonville Beach.
Last October, WJAX/WKTZ General Manager Kenneth Jones sent a letter to its listeners that should the stations be unable to reach their fund raising goals he advised the school to consider a format change or sale of one of the last remaining Beautiful Music stations in the country.